Struggles that LGBTQ+ individuals face often arise because of external reactions to their identified sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Negative, unsupportive messages or fear of reactions from family, friends and society in general can lead to feelings of guilt, fear, isolation and lack of confidence for LGBTQ+ individuals who would otherwise be mentally healthy. Often, these environmental issues are what propel an individual to seek counseling.
Common challenges that LGBTQ+ students may experience:
Content adapted with permission from the University of Kentucky.